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MISSION TO AFGHANISTAN: The rustic beauty of a country

Day 6 - Flying with Bravo Company

FOB Shank -- Many of today's Nevada Guard aviators represent a new generation of pilots and flight crew. Many are Nevada high school graduates having received their diplomas sometime within the last 15 years.

Of course, the veteran pilots have been in control of the huge Chinooks, CH47Ds, for years. Several pilots have deployed to either Afghanistan or Iraq before this deployment, which began during the spring.

One veteran pilot is Dan Walters, for example, a longtime resident of Genoa. He flew in Afghanistan in 2005-2006. One of the "new kids" on the …

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